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ECLAC Projects Economic Slowdown in LAC Region[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released projections indicating that the countries of the region will grow 0.5% on average in 2015. The projections are contained in ECLAC's annual report, titled ‘Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2015,' which was released during a press conference in Santiago, Chile.

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UNU Issues Call for Researchers for Africa Green Growth Project [viewed]

The three-year project ‘Unleashing the Potential of African Rural Economies through Green Growth,' implemented by the UN University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA), aims to provide empirical evidence on how green growth strategies can influence employment, income generation, innovation, competitiveness and social inclusion for rural Africa. The project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada.

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UNEP Report Discusses How Product Sustainability Information Can Support SCP[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published ‘Product Sustainability Information: State of Play and Way Forward,' which provides recommendations to advance product sustainability information (PSI) use by consumers in support of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) through a life cycle approach.

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UNGA Endorses Addis Ababa Action Agenda[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has endorsed the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The endorsement occurred during an UNGA plenary meeting where delegates adopted resolution A/69/L.82 titled ‘Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development,' which includes the AAAA as an annex.

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Co-Facilitators Issue Revised Post-2015 Outcome, 'The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'[viewed]

The revised draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was released on 26 July 2015, ahead of the second week in the final negotiation session on the agenda. Co-Facilitators David Donoghue of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya write in their covering letter to UN Member States that the draft takes account of the wide range of views expressed during the first week, held on 20-24 July.

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Stakeholders Assess SLCPs' Impacts on Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), and the World Bank co-sponsored a side event focused on how fast mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) could contribute to the post-2015 development agenda and the fulfillment of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ECOSOC Elects President and Bureau for 2015-2016[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has elected Oh Joon, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea, as its 71st President. It also elected members of the ECOSOC Bureau for the July 2015 to July 2016 cycle.

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Africa Kick Starts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation[viewed]

African governments gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 20-23 July 2015 to launch a global drive to apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The meeting was comprised of the Seventh Africa Working Group Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction held from 21-22 July 2015, followed by the Fourth High Level Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction on 23 July 2015, which adopted the Yaoundé Declaration on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework in Africa.

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European Environment Ministers Discuss SDGs, Climate Finance[viewed]

During an informal Council of Environment Ministers, European Ministers agreed that the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted at the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda are a challenge and an opportunity leading towards a more sustainable, equitable and coherent policy making at the international and European level. The UN summit is to take place in September 2015, in New York, US.

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Stern Confirms Economic Case for Climate Action[viewed]

An article released ten years after the 'Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change' reaffirms that the cost of inaction on climate change is still greater than the cost of action. Authored by Nicholas Stern, who authored the original Review, the article, titled 'Economic Development, Climate and Values: Making Policy,' finds that the case for climate action is even stronger today than at the time of the Stern Review's publication a decade ago.

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